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In a country music industry now brimming with poppy beats and bro-country beerfests, Texas-born crooner Charley Crockett’s music stands out for its decidedly retro blend of cowboy blues, New Orleans jazz, Southern soul, and Lone Star honky-tonk that perfectly couple with his world-weary lyrics. The dark, country Gothic of his newest record, Welcome to the Hard Times, which dropped in July, feels kind of perfect for this tumultuous year. And just like any good album from the Davy Crockett descendent, these tunes bring an equal measure of wanderlust and heartbreak alongside its cadre of tall tale worthy characters.
Nov 6–7. From $34. The Heights Theater, 339 W 19th St. 214-272-8346. More info and tickets at theheightstheater.com.
PrintMatters Houston’s annual artist membership juried show is back, and we couldn’t be more excited. A total of 37 prints from 27 artists are being included in this year’s exhibition. And it’s not just a variety of works on display; a wide range of media, including lithographs, etchings, linocuts, silkscreens, and collages, are being featured. It’s going to be print-tastic, ya’ll.
Thru Nov 25. Free. Koelsch Gallery, 1020 Peden St. 713-862-5744. More info printmattershouston.org.
Love Can Move the World Concert
It’s been a busy year for the musicians of the award-winning Texas Medical Center Orchestra, as you can imagine. In addition to working on the frontlines of the pandemic, some of the doctors, nurses, and other health professionals who make up the nationally recognized orchestra also found the time to help raise money for the U.N.’s Covid-19 relief fund with a special music video. Now, a paired down version of the orchestra is performing a special livestream-only concert at Miller Outdoor Theater featuring Rev. Michael Gott.
Nov 7. Free. Online. More info at milleroutdoortheatre.com.
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
For six days in 1992, Americans across the country remained glued to their televisions as violence erupted in the streets of Los Angeles after four LAPD officers were acquitted of beating of Rodney King, a Black man. In the wake of the now infamous LA Riots, playwright Anna Deavere Smith interviewed around than 200 Angelenos, transforming their accounts into a crucial work of documentary theater. Originally performed by Smith as a one-woman set of monologues, Dirt Dogs’s streaming production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 instead features more than 30 Houston actors, who will read these powerful words verbatim.
Thru Nov 21. $25. Online. More info at dirtdogstheatre.org.
Frame x Frame Film Fest
The Houston Ballet might not be dancing the stage at the moment, so they’re bringing their groove on at the drive-in instead. The company will highlight some of the best international dancing from around the world with its third Frame x Frame Film Fest. About 50 films, broken into three distinct categories, will be screening during the monthlong festival. Opening weekend includes Austin-set documentary Trash Dance and movie musical classic Singin’ in the Rain.
Thru Dec. 5 $10 per vehicle. Houston Ballet Drive-In (aka Center for Dance), 601 Preston St. More info at houstonballet.org.